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Win or bust for us - Scarlets' coach.

SCARLETS boss Wayne Pivac has described tonight's European Champions Cup clash against Bath as "a must-win match."

Pivac's team pushed three-time European champions Toulon all the way in France last Sunday before going down 21-20 - but a losing bonus point collected at Stade Felix-Mayol could yet prove important in the Pool Five shake-up.

Pivac has underlined the importance of his players backing up that performance when Bath arrive in west Wales. He said: "We see it as a must-win match.

"It's a home game and to do well in this competition you have to win your home games and then be successful on the road at some stage. "We picked up a bonus point in Toulon but for that to have an impact we have to back it up with a win on Friday.

"They are going to be a tough opponent. They will want to get a win on the road first-up against us.

"We don't change too much.

We've had success playing a certain way. We are not far off against some of the best sides going around."

Wales and British and Irish Lions hooker Ken Owens returns to skipper the Scarlets, while Hadleigh Parkes partners Jonathan Davies in midfield and Gareth Davies is handed the number nine shirt.

Bath will be without their backrow forward Francois Louw after he received a three-week ban for making contact with the eye area of Treviso lock Marco Fuser five days ago.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 20, 2017
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